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Working As A Network Engineer Technician

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $77,810

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Engineer Technician Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Network Engineer Technician

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Network Engineer Technician Career Paths

Network Engineer Technician
Senior Network Engineer Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Windows System Administrator Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Information Technology Consultant Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Technician Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Administrator Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Project Manager Senior Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Network Engineer
Senior Network Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
System Technician 4.4 years
Network Manager 3.9 years
Network Supervisor 3.8 years
Service Engineer 3.4 years
LAN Administrator 3.3 years
Network Operator 3.3 years
LAN Engineer 3.2 years
Engineer 3.2 years
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Network Designer 3.1 years
Network Technician 3.1 years
Telecom Engineer 3.0 years
Network Integrator 2.9 years
Network Architect 2.9 years
Solutions Engineer 2.7 years
LAN Technician 2.7 years
Lan/Wan Engineer 2.7 years
Network Associate 2.6 years
Desktop Engineer 2.6 years
Voip Engineer 2.6 years
Technician 2.6 years
Server Engineer 2.5 years
Network Consultant 2.4 years
WAN Engineer 2.2 years
Network Installer 2.2 years
Server Technician 2.1 years
NOC Analyst 1.9 years
NOC Technician 1.9 years
Help Desk Engineer 1.8 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Network Assistant 1.7 years
Voip Technician 1.5 years
Migration Engineer 1.1 years
Network Internship 0.6 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 3.5%
Top Employers After
Engineer 3.2%
Consultant 2.9%

Network Engineer Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

89.1%

Female

8.9%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

77.4%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

2.3%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.1%

Carrier

26.1%

Italian

8.7%

Portuguese

4.3%

Chinese

4.3%

Cantonese

4.3%

French

4.3%

Scots

4.3%

Cheyenne

4.3%
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Network Engineer Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.1%

Western Governors University

5.4%

Barry University

5.4%

Texas A&M University - Commerce

5.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.4%

Strayer University

5.4%

Community College of the Air Force

5.4%

More Tech Institute

5.4%

American InterContinental University

5.4%

George Mason University

5.4%

ITT Technical Institute-Greenville

3.6%

California State University - Chico

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

Western Carolina University

3.6%

Ranken Technical College

3.6%

Bowie State University

3.6%

Southern Methodist University

3.6%

State University of New York Albany

3.6%

Lakeland Community College

3.6%

Front Range Community College

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

15.1%

Electrical Engineering

13.4%

Information Technology

11.3%

Computer Information Systems

10.9%

Business

10.9%

Computer Networking

8.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.3%

Computer Engineering

4.9%

Management Information Systems

2.5%

Fine Arts

2.5%

Communication

2.1%

Management

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Computer Systems Security

1.4%

Computer Applications

1.4%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Engineering

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.1%

Finance

1.1%

Computer Technical Support

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.1%

Other

24.3%

Associate

15.3%

Masters

13.8%

Certificate

2.5%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Real Network Engineer Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
IT Network Engineer Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 11, 2011 $127,500
Network Engineer, Technical Operations Salesforce.Com, Inc. San Mateo, CA Oct 24, 2011 $127,500
IT Network Engineer Staff Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 25, 2015 $118,000 -
$140,000
Tech Yahoo, Network Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 12, 2015 $111,509 -
$149,600
IT Network Engineer Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 25, 2012 $110,000 -
$120,000
Network Engineer Technical Specialist New York University Hospitals Center New York, NY Nov 02, 2009 $110,000
Tech Yahoo, Network Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 15, 2015 $108,548 -
$149,600
Staff IT Network Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Jul 11, 2016 $103,875 -
$150,000
Tech Yahoo, Network Engineer Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 13, 2016 $100,110 -
$149,600
Tech Yahoo, Network Engineer, Interm Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 31, 2013 $98,789 -
$106,930
IT Network Engineer Stratapult, Inc. Winston-Salem, NC Sep 09, 2014 $95,222 -
$105,000
Network Engineer/Technician Peoples Choice Stafffing, Inc. Middletown, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $93,915
Network Engineer/Tecgnician Peoples Choice Stafffing, Inc. Middletown, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $93,915
Network Engineer/Technician Peoples Choice Stafffing, Inc. NJ May 03, 2011 $93,915
Staff It/Network Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Oct 27, 2011 $93,200 -
$148,900
IT Network Engineer Cadence Design Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 12, 2014 $90,264 -
$94,810
Staff It/Network Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Feb 05, 2013 $87,300 -
$130,900
Staff It/Network Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Jan 05, 2013 $87,300 -
$130,900
Staff It/Network Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Nov 15, 2010 $84,600 -
$130,300
Staff It/Network Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Sep 21, 2009 $83,000 -
$128,700
Staff It/Network Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Jan 22, 2010 $83,000 -
$128,700
IT Network Engineer Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 31, 2016 $82,854 -
$96,002
Tech Yahoo, Network Engineer, Interm Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 09, 2016 $82,576 -
$123,600
Network Engineer/Technician Peoples Choice Stafffing, Inc. Bridgeton, MO Dec 01, 2010 $81,393
Network Engineer/Technician Peoples Choice Stafffing, Inc. Bridgeton, MO Oct 01, 2010 $81,393

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Top Skills for A Network Engineer Technician

CustomerServiceComputerHardwareRoutersRemoteAccessLan/WanPCVPNActiveDirectoryTcp/IpTroubleShootingSetupFirewallVoipWindowsNewTechnologiesNetworkInfrastructureTechnicalSupportInternetEthernetDNSTroubleTickets

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Top Network Engineer Technician Skills

  1. Customer Service
  2. Computer Hardware
  3. Routers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design, configure, and test computer hardware, networking software and operating system software.
  • Install, maintain and manage cabling, switches, hubs, routers, and services that make up the network backbone.
  • Provided network consulting for LAN, MAN, CAN, WAN and remote access.
  • Configured a LAN/WAN environment for utilizing centralized and distributed storage.
  • Installed, configured, upgraded ad managed various network servers ad PC workstations for company clients.

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